30 Things I Learned by 30

Heyyy, it's almost my 30th birthday. I know, I'm getting old!!! :P Not everyday that someone would celebrate the big 3-0, and hopefully I've learned a lot of things already. So, before I come up with the 30 things I want to get on my birthday, let me share with you first the 30 things I learned by 30. Okay, so here we go!

1. We make mistakes. We will probably make the same mistakes. But it does not mean that you should beat yourself up because of that. Learn from it, and move on. There are few instances that I make the same mistakes, and it made me feel bad about myself. But no matter how lousy your decisions are, pick up the lessons and move on. You can't keep on blaming yourself, right?

2. Don't listen to the things you tell yourself at night. Sometimes, we are our own demons. 

3. Work hard on all the things you want. It would make you appreciate it more when you get it.

4. When you fail, try again. 

5. Sometimes, things happen for a reason. Believe that there is a reason for that. When I didn't get in this project during my first year at work, I felt bad. But that same project took me in for another testing engagement, and I got the promotion ahead of the people who got in on the first one. 

6. You can only forgive someone for a number of times. When that person is becoming unhealthy to you, you leave. It took me a lot of courage to walk away. But this was the step I've taken when I felt that it was no longer working. It was a long time ago, and I've already forgiven him for all the times he hurt me. I sincerely want him to be happy. 

7. Time heals, and then you forgive. It took me a long time, but I am finally in speaking terms with my mother again. 

8. Friendship requires effort. I don't have many friends, but I keep the connections to the people that matter to me.

9. When you have the capacity to help, then by all means, help. I don't have a lot, but I am trying to do my part. I am sponsoring three kids in World Vision at the moment. But I am pretty sure that I could do more in the future.

10. Do not compete with anyone. Compete with yourself. I always say this, and I will always stand by this. There is a better way to grow, and this is not by competing with others.

11. The golden rule, do not do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you. 

12. Follow your dreams. I wanted to study in UP when I was young, but this didn't happen. I decided to take my masters degree in UP instead. 

13. It is okay to fail. It is okay if things are not going your way. Sooner or later, it would be anyway. 

14. Count your blessings, and be thankful. I used to rant a lot, but decided to work on this bad habit. When I feel like down and out, I count my blessings. 

15. Celebrate your success. This is important. When you celebrate your success, you give more value to your hard work. 

16. Do not lose sight of your goals, just because you are encountering obstacles on the way. They are there for a reason. You might need re-direction, or you have to exert more effort. Either way, challenges make you a better person. 

17. Travel. Discovering the world is the best learning experience one could have. 

18. Be kind to people. You have no idea what the person is going through.

19. Relationships fail. Let go. I was trying to save the friendship to this person who was very kind to me in the past. I am aware that I am not an easy person to be with, I have flaws, and mood swings. But this person accepted me and my friendship, or so I thought. When I learned that he spoke badly of me, I was totally hurt. I decided to stop on trying and move on. There is no use crying over failed friendships.  

20. Do whatever that makes you happy. 

21. Apologize. You are not perfect, you make mistakes, and you hurt people; but learn to apologize. It takes a strong person to admit his mistakes. 

22. Trust your guts. 

23. Take risks. In taking risks, you meet certain opportunities that are not present in the safe zone. 

24. Believe in yourself. There is nobody else in this world who must believe in you, but yourself. When you believe in yourself, you are one step ahead of your goals. 

25. Be involved. In this age of the social media, it is very easy to lose ourselves. Put down the phone, and interact with people. 

26. Say it. Say it before it's too late. 

27. Pray. This always works. 

28. Keep the faith. There are times when I am bit discouraged on waiting for him. But there is a reason why I would not want to chase him. I want a strong partner who is accepting and supportive. I want him to decide that he wants me. Because I want to share my forever with him. If he is ready, the relationship will probably have a higher chance of working. 

29. Family is everything. 

30. There is more to life than your age, weight, and bank account. Love yourself. 

The big 3-0. I still struggle on these lessons at times. But I am 30, and I am not worried. It is still a long way to go. But I am more ready than ever. More mistakes to make, more lessons to learn. :P

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